As the days get shorter and the temperatures continue to drop during winter, some people experience depression-like symptoms. Robert Farra, Ph.D., Director of Solutions for Depression and Anxiety at NorthShore, shines some light on commonly asked questions
relating to Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD).
Q: What is Seasonal Affective Disorder?
Q: What are the symptoms of SAD?
Q: How many people are affected?
Q: Why do many people experience depression before the holidays?
Q: How can people combat seasonal depression? Any concrete tips?
Are you affected by the change of the season? What do you do to stay active even with less sunshine?
Despite popular belief, heart disease is the leading cause
of death for both men and women in the United States. Women, in many cases, tend to get heart disease 10 years later than men.
While the symptoms of heart attack and heart disease can vary significantly between the two sexes, the recommendations for prevention do not.
Mark Lampert, MD, Cardiologist at NorthShore, shares his insight on what lifestyle changes women (and men) should be mindful of to promote heart health:
Can you relate to the American Heart Association's
Go Red for Women video? What ways are you ensuring your heart is healthy?
Between the morning rush of getting out the door on time and organizing schedules, breakfast isn’t always top of mind.
However, it should be.
Michael Rakotz, MD, Primary Care Physician at NorthShore, notes that it is the most important meal of the day, especially for kids. He offers his insight on some healthy breakfast
options to help fuel you and your kids throughout the day:
What is your daily breakfast go-to food? Do you change it up throughout the week?
A stroke—sometimes also referred to as a “brain attack”—is caused by an interrupted supply of blood to the brain from the heart. Without the proper blood flow, the brain cannot function correctly. Given that the brain is a vital organ—literally controlling
everything we do from speaking, to walking and breathing—it is very important to know the signs, symptoms and risk factors involved with stroke.
Barbara Small, RN, nurse specialist at the NorthShore Stroke Program outlines some the common facts:
Common Stroke Symptoms
If you or someone you know has any of these symptoms, please call 911 immediately.
What are you doing to reduce your risk for stroke?
Human papillomavirus (HPV) is a common virus simply spread by skin-to-skin contact. There are many different types of HPV (nearly 200). However, 40 of these types can infect the genital areas, mouth or throat of men and women during sexual contact.
Over 80% of sexually active women and more than 50% of sexually active men will have acquired genital HPV infection at some point during their life. This makes genital HPV the most common sexually transmitted infection (STI). However, most people who become
infected remain unaware of it and infect their partners before they clear it on their own.
Some HPV types result in genital warts; other types are associated with cervical, vaginal, oral, anal and penile cancers. Fortunately, parents and patients can take important steps to help reduce HPV infection risks.
Kenneth Fox, MD, Pediatrician at NorthShore, offers tips on reducing HPV infection risks:
Have you spoken with your child or his/her primary care physician about this vaccine?
This past week, diabetes has taken the spotlight after celebrity chef Paula Deen announced that she has Type 2 diabetes. As the most common form of diabetes, this condition affects more than eight percent of children and adults in the United States.
Mary Bennett, RD, LDN, CDE, a Diabetes Education Manager at NorthShore, identifies who is at risk for being diagnosed with diabetes. She also talks about key symptoms to be mindful of in her video interview.
According to Bennett, the following risk factors exist for diabetes:
What are you currently doing to help reduce your risk of diabetes?
Getting and staying fit, isn’t always about losing weight. It’s also about increasing your cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, joint flexibility and energy levels – all while fitting it into your normal routine and lifestyle.
April Williams, Exercise Physiologist at NorthShore’s
Center for Weight Management has some tips to keep your exercise route on track:
What does your exercise schedule look like? What keeps you motivated to workout? Which types of exercise do you enjoy most?
Have fitness questions? Join April Williams on Tuesday, February 7 from 11a.m.-noon for an
online chat about how to stay fit in 2012. Submit your questions in advance and save the date.
It happens to the best of us – we overindulge during the holidays, on a night out or at a family dinner and experience stomach pains, acid reflux and heartburn. It’s estimated that Gastroesophagael Reflux Disease (GERD) regularly affects close to 50 percent
of the adult population.
This digestive disorder happens when stomach acid and/or bile flows up into the esophagus leading to acid reflux, heartburn and in severe situations even esophageal cancer.
Mick Meiselman, MD, NorthShore Gastroenterologist and a GERD expert, offers suggestions to reduce GERD symptoms:
Which of these recommendations works best for you? Which of these recommendations is the hardest to follow?
If you think you may be at risk for GERD, take our
GERD Risk Assessment.
More than 30 percent of working Americans report less than six hours of sleep a night.
Studies show that regularly sleeping less than six to seven hours a night may be associated with:
A common myth is that people can make up for a lack of sleep by sleeping longer on the weekends. Yet according to
Cathy Goldstein, MD, Neurologist and expert in sleep medicine at NorthShore, the body does not have the ability to catch up or make up for chronic sleep deprivation.
Dr. Goldstein offers the following tips for getting a good night’s sleep:
Patients with actual sleep disorders like sleep apnea are urged to talk to their physician and undergo a sleep study for diagnosis and treatment.
How many hours of sleep do you typically get a night? What do you do to ensure a good night’s sleep?
The New Year is upon on us, and with that comes the resolution of many: to lose weight and adopt more healthy living habits.
Goutham Rao, MD, Primary Care Physician at NorthShore, weight loss can be achieved through incremental behavior change. He provides some quick tips about healthy behaviors to help lose weight.
Healthy behaviors include:
What tips do you have to stay trim in 2012?
For more information about Childhood Obesity, please check out Dr. Rao’s book, Child Obesity: A Parent’s Guide to a Fit, Trim and Happy Child.